Warwickshire will miss the opening round of championship fixtures next April but then face an opening quartet of games which will reveal much about their title credentials.
After a three-day warm-up against Cardiff MCCU at Edgbaston starting on April 6, the Bears face Somerset at home, Lancashire and Sussex away and Durham at home as they complete the first quarter of their four-day programme by May 5.
They then launch their CB40 season at home to Northamptonshire on May 6.
The Bears must radically improve their 40-over fortunes after their collapse in form in 2010 and the same applies in Twenty20, where the group stage has been trimmed back down to ten matches.
Warwickshire start their T20 group against Somerset at Taunton on June 13 and end at home to Glamorgan on July 8.
That Glamorgan match, on a Sunday afternoon, will be the only one of Warwickshire’s five home T20 games not under floodlights. The Bears will also play under the new permanent lights at Edgbaston in the CB40 against Yorkshire (August 7) and Kent (August 13).
Director of cricket Ashley Giles is keen to get his side firing again in the shorter formats as well as the championship.
“Last season’s runner-up spot in the championship has inspired the team to do all we can to make a strong challenge in 2012.
“We have been back in training for more than three weeks and are working hard to ensure we are in peak condition for when the season starts in April,” he said.
“The month of T20 cricket between June and July will certainly create a lot of interest. Playing in front of a big crowd is a special occasion for every cricketer.”
Any Warwickshire fan living outside Birmingham (of which there are plenty) will have to travel to Edgbaston every time to watch their team play at home as the Bears have declined to host any matches at outgrounds.
The travelling Bears supporters have a few outgrounds in prospect, though.
In the championship, Warwickshire will play Lancashire at Aigburth and Middlesex at Uxbridge while in the CB40 they visit Yorkshire at Scarborough and the Unicorns at a venue still to be decided.
Their T20 visit to Glamorgan will also be at an outground.
> Full Warwickshire fixtures for 2012 at www.edgbaston.com/season/fixtures